Accessibility in Lighting

  • April 21, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Topic Brief:

Lighting professionals know that perception and experience are pivotal to a successful design.  This course will expand attendees understanding beyond the “average” user experience to identify ways lighting can be a stressor or an asset based on specific user needs.  We will guide the audience to experience their environment through the lens of a range of physical and neurological divergences, and outline strategies for specific populations to accommodate more diverse range of brains and eyes.


  • Define strategies that improve the experience of occupants.
  • Understand how principles of Universal Design can be applied to lighting characteristics, access to light, and control.
  • Impart a basic understanding of physical and neurologically divergent experiences of specific lighting conditions and strategies to address these.
  • Identify potential ergonomic and psychological stressors related to lighting.

Webinar is AIA accredited and attendees will receive 1 LU for attending.


Catherine Leskowat, Associate IALD, LEED AP ID+C, MIES, Associate IIDA

Catherine is a lighting designer and project manager with 9 years of experience in a diverse range of sectors from infrastructure to houses of worship, historic renovation and labs.  Catherine is trained in universal design with experience supporting occupational therapy for aging persons and children with visual impairments and hyper/hypo sensitivities.  Catherine is co-founder of the women’s thought leadership and networking group, BOSLady, and is an avid activist for minorities in technical industries and sustainable design practices. Catherine serves on the IALD Education Trust Board and teaches lighting design for architecture and interior design.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelors in Interior Design, and holds a certificate from Rensselaer Polytechnic’s Light and Health Institute.

Kate Moser, WELL AP, Junior Assoc. IALD, MIES, Associate IIDA

As a Designer at Hartranft Lighting Design, Kate designs lighting layouts for a diverse range of commercial sectors and clients, including infrastructure, aviation, hospitality, healthcare, and corporate. Kate brings a strong background in art and design from Savannah College of Art and Design, and has five years of experience in the lighting industry concepting, documenting, and delivering lighting design solutions. She collaborates with architects, interior designers, engineers, and owners daily to create lighting designs that best suit the project needs, enhance the architecture and interior design, and create a healthy, beautiful environment for the occupants. Kate holds a WELL AP credential and is active in the design community to stay current on the latest technology, design philosophies, and social issues.

Kate’s aptitude for story-telling, engagement, and clarity of vision resonate beyond work. She exercises her skills in photography and writing to promote small local artists and tell their stories. To recharge, she spends time in

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